|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Florida's 6th district
January 3, 2019
Michael George Glen Waltz
January 31, 1974
Boynton Beach, Florida, U.S.
|Education||Virginia Military Institute (BA)|
|Branch/service||United States Army|
|Years of service||1996-2000 (active)|
|Unit||U.S. Army Special Forces|
|Battles/wars||War in Afghanistan|
Michael George Glen Waltz (born January 31, 1974) is an American politician and United States Army officer serving as the U.S. Representative for Florida's 6th congressional district. He is a member of the Republican Party.
Waltz was born in Boynton Beach, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies from the Virginia Military Institute and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Army National Guard.
A U.S. Army National Guard Special Forces officer, he is a veteran of the War in Afghanistan and is the first Green Beret ever elected to the United States Congress. Before his election to Congress, Waltz served in a senior role at The Pentagon as Director for Afghanistan policy within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, served as a senior advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney for South Asia and Counterterrorism in the George W. Bush Administration, was co-founder and partner at Askari Associates, LLC, and was president of Metis Solutions. He was formerly a FOX News Channel contributor, providing expert commentary on foreign policy and defense issues, and has also appeared frequently on CNN, MSNBC, BBC World News, and PBS Frontline.
In April 2020, Waltz joined the National Guard's COVID-19 response efforts as a colonel on the planning staff. On November 6, 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Waltz tested positive for the virus.
In December 2020, Waltz was one of 126 Republican members of the House of Representatives who signed an amicus brief in support of Texas v. Pennsylvania, a lawsuit filed at the United States Supreme Court contesting the results of the 2020 presidential election, in which Joe Biden prevailed over incumbent Donald Trump. The Supreme Court declined to hear the case on the basis that Texas lacked standing under Article III of the Constitution to challenge the results of the election held by another state. Shortly thereafter, the Orlando Sentinel editorial board rescinded its endorsement of Waltz in the 2020 election. The Orlando Sentinel wrote, "We had no idea, had no way of knowing at the time, that Waltz was not committed to democracy."
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a statement that called signing the amicus brief an act of "election subversion." Additionally, Pelosi reprimanded Waltz and the other House members who supported the lawsuit: "The 126 Republican Members that signed onto this lawsuit brought dishonor to the House. Instead of upholding their oath to support and defend the Constitution, they chose to subvert the Constitution and undermine public trust in our sacred democratic institutions." New Jersey Representative Bill Pascrell, citing section three of the 14th Amendment, called for Pelosi to not seat Waltz and the other Republicans who signed the brief supporting the suit. Pascrell argued that "the text of the 14th Amendment expressly forbids Members of Congress from engaging in rebellion against the United States. Trying to overturn a democratic election and install a dictator seems like a pretty clear example of that."
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 6th congressional district
|U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial)|
Jeff Van Drew
| United States Representatives by seniority